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Timber Donations

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Sometimes the  furniture we send out to our customers, unfortunately (despite our best efforts!) is returned to us with some transit damage. A lot of this furniture is sold on as seconds at a discounted price from our Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset. However there has been some very sad pieces sat in our warehouse for some time now which are past the point of repair for even the most talented carpenter with an eye for bargain. So we were faced with a dilemma, what to do with this furniture tucked away  in the corner of our warehouse?

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After some discussion in the office we contacted a few local schools to see if any would be interested in some damaged furniture. Fortunately a local school was very interested in having the furniture to use as timber for the A level design students. Within a few days Gillingham School had come and collected the furniture and had started to prepare the old furniture into timber boards ready for use.  The school has also taken the time to make us a box from some Sheesham wood to say both thank you and as an example of the kind of thing that the wood will be used for.


Here at Myakka we have a strong ethos and fair trade links everything we do. For this reason we love being able to donate our unwanted furniture to a good cause, where it is going to be used for something worthwhile. We hate to let any of resources go to waste so this is the perfect solutions for us.

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Top 10 Ethical Holiday Hot Spots

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

As we are now firmly in holiday season we thought it might be a nice idea to look at some ethical holidays out there for those of you who want a holiday with a conscience. So whether you are looking for somewhere that wont leave a big carbon footprint or for somewhere where local people get a fair deal, here is a great place to start.

1.       2 week family getaway to Thailand


This trip has something for everyone. Some time in bustling Bangkok, some time to explore national parks and small villages, take elephant rides and finish it all relaxing on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches. Not only do you get all that, but you will also know that you will be getting the best from the locals guides and will be giving something back to the communities your visiting.  http://www.godifferently.com/ethical_holidays.asp




2.       Predator and Prey Survey – Slovakia


If you love wildlife and want to do your bit to help conservation then this may be the ideal trip for you. You will trek through the Tatra Mountain range counting the wildlife you encounter. The aim of the research is to survey the Tatrta chamois, which is a goat-antelope native to Europe and its predators.  http://shop.btcv.org.uk/shop/level1/8/level


3.       Walking Holiday along the Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you like to keep active during your holidays, the best and most green way to see as many sites as possible is a walking holiday. Here you can see some of the less busy areas of this tourist destination and see the real Italy by staying in local accommodation, using local guides and buying local food. http://www.responsibletravel.com/

4.       South of France By train

The south of France is in easy reach by train with the Eurostar going form London to Avignon and only takes 6 hours. It is a great way to get down to the beautiful area and once there the best way to get around is by bike. They are cheap to hire and let you enjoy the fresh air as well as seeing sites of the beaten track. http://www.eurostar.com

5.       Glamping in the UK

The Geo- Ekopod, Bodmin Cornwall is the ultimate way to camp in Cornwall. Everything is done is a sumptuous and stylish way so it is the ideal place to get away from city life without harming the environment.  A breakfast hamper is provided everyday and you can have your evening meal cooked for which leave you time to do anything that you like! http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/



6.        Eco hotel in China

If you want something a little more exotic with a taste of the east then staying at an eco hotel next to the great Wall of China. The Brickyard used to make tiles but has since been turned into an eco hotel. The hotel has everything you need for a luxury stay and just outside the doors is a whole new world you have the great wall of china as well as walking trails and meeting the locals. You get all of this and your giving back to the community with the hotle offering trainings for locals and hiring locals from the villages. http://www.ecohotelsoftheworld.com/

7.       Meet the People Tour of India

If you are a fan of fair trade then this is the perfect holiday for you. These trips let you meet the producers of fair trade products that are bought here in the UK. This trip takes you around India from Delhi to West Bengal and lets you meet the people benefiting from fair trade. http://meetthepeople.skedaddle.co.uk/splash/index.rails



8.       Tree House of the West Coast of Scotland

This octagonal house is built around an Oak tree, the trunk of the tree runs right through the centre of this eco tree house. Built in 2007 as both contemporary and green, this house offers  a luxury stay which is guilt free set in the grounds of Kinlochlaich House. http://www.treehousescotland.co.uk/   

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9.       Atlantic Coast and Marrakech Medinas

Run with responsible tourism in mind this trip will let you relax on the beautiful north African coast in a small fishing town and then head into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to visit the medina and try your hand at haggling in the souks. http://www.naturallymorocco.co.uk/index.html

10.   Bushcraft canoe trip in Sweden

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, love being active and learning this is the perfect holiday for you. Over 6 days you will canoe around the Ammeron in Jämtland and stay in Laplandic tents and self build shelters. You will learn basic bushcraft from building fires and camps, to fishing and foraging for your supper. http://www.naturetravels.co.uk/index.htm

What ever you perfect holiday is, it is now a lot easier to enjoy a holiday a little more ethically. Most large holiday companies and airlines offer carbon offsetting schemes or world care fund donations. Whilst you are on holiday make sure you do your bit by not wasting water, travel lightly, don’t leave the air conditioning on and turn the lights off where possible. Most importantly ENJOY!

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Myakka’s new autumn catalogue is under way!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Photography is now complete for our new autumn catalogue. Our design team is now busy preparing the catalogue which should be ready to be mailed in September.   This round of photography suffered from a few problems before we even got started, including a last minute change of location from London to Somerset but was soon underway with our trusty photographer Simon de Glanville.

The session was extra busy as we had lots of new items of furniture to photograph as well as lots of new textiles which will feature in the new catalogue. We tried to make use of what sun we had through out the week with quite a few images being taken outside. Photography this year, for the first time, also included a chicken in one of the outdoor shots who goes by the name of ‘Henny Penny’ and is one of Georgie’s and Simon’s chickens who started life as a battery hen.

 

 There are some great new pieces of furniture from our Pali, Chandra and Hathi ranges which have been great successes since they were launched in the spring catalogue earlier this year. One of the hardest things to do during photography is to give the catalogue an autumnal feel whilst being in the height of summer.

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latest News from SKSN School

Monday, 4 July 2011


Regular readers of our blog will know about our continual support of SKSN School in Jodhpur through donations and active trade. We have just made our next donation of £8,175 to the school which is going to cover new stationery, including text books, pens, pencils and writing books as well as covering the whole vocational training scheme which trains young women to become tailors after finishing their education at SKSN.

SKSN School is a residential school for 500 physically challenged children in Rajasthan, Northern India. The school aims to provide education to a high standard for all children right through from primary and secondary school all the way up to higher education and teacher training.

To cover the whole spectrum of activities that the school now works with, a new Umbrella organisation has been set up called the Indiability Foundation which will cover everything from education (SKSN School), training (teacher training and sports academy), enterprise (vocational training programmes), wellbeing (sports and healthy living) and outreach (campaigning and educating).

This will mean that the Indiability Foundation will be able to fundraise as a group and will become a name that people are able to relate to and have a better understanding of what takes place within the group. The school will still be called SKSN as this name is familiar in the community and it is where the programme started.

To find out more about SKSN School please click here.

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Summer sale now on! Save up to 50%!

Friday, 1 July 2011



Our summer sale starts Friday 1st July and runs until the 31st July 2011. There is an amazing 50% off a selection of our best selling furniture, rugs and soft furnishings, all of which is available online, through our mail order catalogue and at the Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset.

 Some of the best furniture bargains include: Mallani Step Telephone Cabinet was £189 now only £94.50– saving a massive 50%; Chandra Tallboy Chest of Drawers was £439 now only £399; Khimsar Wardrobe was £599 now only £299.50; Thakat Mini Bookcase was £199 now only £99.50 along with many more pieces to add to your home.

 Accessorize your home with perfect soft furnishings and Kilim rugs. Examples of the great offers include: Patchwork Footstools available in five colours were £44.95 now only £39.95; Border Jute Rug (120x180cm), was £94.95 now only £84.95; Antique Sari Seat Pads – set of 4 was £60 now only £54.

 As well as our Summer Sale, we are also offering up to 70% off all of customer returns and end of line furniture exclusively at our Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset. Doors open at 10am on Saturday 2nd July and everything is sold on a first come, first served so arrive early to grab the best bargains.

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